Adam Lambert Brings the “Cool” Back to Acoustic

I just came across a great piece by Kerry Kolsch from Associate Content, and thought the author truly gets Adam, just like we all do. I especially love the part at the end about Adam’s mind-blowing version of Whole Lotta Love at Fantasy Springs. I just watched that video again, and practically had to pick myself up from the floor!


After you catch your breath, enjoy reading this! I’ll start the article here, but click on the link for the entire piece. Enjoy!

~ Carol ~

Adam Lambert is the first artist performing on the April 9, 2010 revival of VH1 Unplugged with stripped down acoustic versions of four songs from his critically acclaimed album For Your Entertainment and a version of Mad World. Lambert’s album has reached Gold status in the US and Singapore and is now Platinum in Canada. The world is recognizing that a new iconic star is emerging from the shackles of a reality show.

With the new season of American Idol well underway we are reminded of the incomparable technical beauty of Lambert’s multioctave voice and of his commandeering stage presence. Lambert engaged America vocally and visually week after week with multiple musical genres, costuming lighting and even fog, not just as a singer but as an old time storyteller. Mad World, the only performance on American Idol to garner a standing ovation from Simon Cowell is also Google Trend’s highest peaking American Idol performance ever.

Last year we realized American Idol had discovered a show-stopping performer but in the context of that venue the minds of America were manipulated. After Satisfaction what was American Idol to do? Could the judges give Lambert the title and send the rest of them home? The reality show had to pretend a contest was going on.
Click here for the entire article.

About Carol

I started writing on this site back in May 2009, not knowing what I was in for or where it would take me. I had no idea of the joy and personal satisfaction I'd find here. I never dreamed that I'd get to meet Adam, but that dream came true! The bonus of becoming such great friends with Lila and the other fans is what keeps me going. Music gets me though every day. In addition to Adam, I love Muse, Linkin Park, 80s and finding newer bands and supporting them by attending everything that's within 350 miles. With Adam, the boundaries are farther! Thanks for joining us on this ride! :)


  1. gran4adam says:

    I can’t believe I was there to see this performance. He is so indescribably talented and delicious. Perhaps we will see a reprise of this number here in the future at a concert venue. I don’t know what it is like anymore to have a day without Adam …. and happy for it!

    • What a talent. It’s got to be from above. Illlove Adam sooooo much. Like you I can’t image days without Adam

  2. Iyleneidol09 says:

    Wow!!! That was the looooooongest foreplay I ever had with ADAM!!! And I still have the afterglow!!! Oh ADAM, I fell in love with you all over again!! I had my ADAM detox a while back (after the AMA) and here I am again, drawn like to you like a magnet, and can’t get enough of you. I have been playing your first AI season 8 CD, reminiscing the first time I met and fell in love with you….Ohhhhh, baby! youuu neeeed love!!! a whole lotta love!!!!!

  3. It is amazing how he makes you feel the music with him. Iyleneidol09 I too have been listening and watching AI season 8 of Adam. Idol isn’t the same, so every Tuesday I pull up the Idol videos of Adam and watch them. Yes, there is a whole lotta love goin on!!

    • Iyleneidol09 says:

      Yes Cheeto, I was up till 1am last night when I found the video of the season 8 top 12 AI. I was not surprised then and even now why we all cannot get enough of him. He is just an extraordinary creature from planet fierce!!! He was so handsome even without any glitters from last year show. Oh so yummy. I enjoyed watching him and the comments of the judges, of course, I paid the price of staying up so late, I am so darn sleepy at work, LOL!!!

      • Yes, I found that special videos of 12 of his performances, and play it all the time, missing a few good ones, so I utubed the rest, to listen to all of ADAM’S MUSIC last session! I have watched AI this session, and all contestants are all trying to be ADAM, to the clothes, his actions on stage, his low-high notes, no one can really copy, it is so wierd, everyone knows he was the best ever AI ever, and what a icon he is becoming, so they want to copy, it is interesting to see this taking place, There will NEVER BE ANOTHER ADAM, LOVE, LOVE HIM AND ALWAYS WILL!

  4. Having watched his Season 8 performance of WLL, his live version (Tacoma) on the Idols Tour in person ( and countless other tour versions online), and again to have been fortunate enough to also see this epic version live at Fantasy Springs, I have to say I love them all, but THIS one is my favorite! Lots of people can sing, but to be able to create something like this, nearly spur of the moment, requires artistry and just such great joy in creation of something new. He was obviously so happy with the result, the huge positive response from his audience. So glad he took that risk, to change it up, to give us something unexpected and profoundly beautiful. Thanks Carol for posting this again, couldn’t find this version online for some reason and it’s the best. Hearing it live at FS was amazing, but am so glad to be able to see it again (and again) whenever I need that little boost of pure…..well, you know.

  5. Re Kerry Kolsch: has anyone here read her download book : ” Adam Lambert Second To None” yet? Would like to know if it’s worth downloading as I’m nearing my bandwidth cap due to too much AFL activity!?

    She wrote a book after investigating the alledged voting irregularities on AI8. You can buy it here

    • wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole – nothing that resembles research, just endless slander and vitriol. The women needs help. Seriously. She will be lucky not to get sued. personally I hope that she is.

      • I just finished reading Adam Lambert, Second to None and the poster here is wrong. In fact those bashing the book are those who call Adam “Madame” at sites such as Vote For The Worst. They are the ones that are filled with vitriol. This is a factual book that uses data to show that Adam was much more popular than Kris in 49 states at the time of the vote. The truth about the involvement in Arkansas is not slander. There are pictures proving it is all true, even a picture of Kris’s brother voting as AT&T gives out free phones. Adam still believes that he lost because his country is homophobic. Kerry Kolsch writes about Adam all of the time and Adam’s fans love her articles. They will love this book as well.

        • there are no ‘facts’ or ‘data’ in this book – anyone who knows anything about research would recognise that in a few seconds flat – which is why no-one with any sense will take any notice what so ever of the rantings presenting in this book. I know nothing about vote for the worst. but i know a truck load about research – this book doesn’t even come close. The fans who will love this book will love it because they think it is ‘proving’ what they want to hear – but it proves nothing.

  6. One knows Adam is a true performer when it is clear he can always change things up vocally as evidenced by this, and countless versions, of this song. He is definately NOT cookie cutter, record studio only material. I was lucky enough to see this live and thanks for bringing me right back to Indio. Great way to start my day!

  7. DEE #458 says:

    ADAM’S performance at FS was ALMOST INDESCRIBABLE !!! I was lucky enough to be there in person too….he had the entire audience MESMORIZED !!!! HE’S JUST SOOOOOOOOO AMAZING !!!

  8. cheryl 334 says:

    OMG!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!! ICONIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This performance Adam gave with his unbelievable voice is …….UNBELIEVABLE!

    Not really even ‘rehearsed’ with the band, Adam is a one man orchestra with his voice. At times seems like he was channeling Robt Plant and Jimmy Paige at the same time, his voice besing the vocals and the guitar! Incredible. Loved his clothing and messy look and make-up! Looks like he stepped right out of the 60’s, or out of a LSD trip. That was something I know this world has never seen the likes of! Then, he flashes one of his sexy/boyish smiles…..and you’re brought back to reality with a big smile on your face.

    MORE, MORE, MORE OF THIS ADAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rock-On Bad Boy!

    peace-love-light-truth-joy- happiness-lMusic 4 Adam!!!!!!!!!

  9. THIS! THIS is the Adam i adore! ‘Cause my computer connection is so slow, i must admit, i pass watching a lot of vids, but i love acoustic Adam, and WOW this was WORTH THE WAIT! His voice just dives into your soul!! He was so sensual. He took us to the edge of the cliff, but we don’t jump off. It’s the reaction i had to Ring of Fire multiplied by a 1000! Loved his “hippy” look too! I don’t know how you all who saw that live were able to coherently leave the concert venue!

    • Not only was it hard to coherently leave, it was hard to leave AT ALL!!! I’m pretty sure I speak for most of the people (if not all) who were there when I say that it was over all too soon and we just wanted MORE, MORE, MORE!!! But what we DID get was Adam in his element, at his best, with him surrounded by us adoring fans, and that was truly wonderful and (one of Adam’s favorite words) surreal to think back on: was I really there? Amazing!

  10. Glenda #1946 says:

    AMEN TO ALL THE ABOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. If ever there was a lovemaking with all the finesse, decency and spirituality, then this is it. In contrast to the other WLL before during AI TOUR, here, Adam seemed to have undergone a “transformation”. This seemed to be for General Patronage. Seemed like the AMA was some grinding , friction or cutting of a precious stone to expose its sheer brilliance. MAGNIFICENT !!! INCOMPARABLE!!! CLASSIC MASTERPIECE!!!! If only the voices in the audience did not obscure some parts of his singing — especially in what seemed to be the “climax” part. He – he! Adam you’re not only a national treasure, but a world treasure. Every vibe, beat in his body, dance moves jibe with his singing. Perfect timing and perfect choreography. Unfortunately, this can’t seem to be said of the AI contestants this 9th Season, who can’t seem to move or dance well with their singing. I commiserate with the judges for their frustration. Their seem to be a drought of talents there. As if the program is looking again for Adam, or somebody like Adam. But he is once in a lifetime.

    • “If ever there was a lovemaking with all the finesse, decency and spirituality, then this is it”.

      What a great desciption!! He made love to every one of us with this song. Two days later, i still can’t catch my breath! Anyway, digressing here . . . i want to download the mp3 for Adam’s acoustic versions of Music Again and Sleepwalker, but i can’t find links. Can somebody help? Thanks!